Sophoslabs has published a report in which the company claims to have identified at least 25 Android apps published on the official Google Play store that contain script facilitating the a�?cryptojackinga�� of usersa�� computing resources.
Sophoslabs claims to have discovered 25 apps on the official Google Play store that contain cryptojacking code within them.
AA�reportA�published by the company asserts that the apps in question have a�?been downloaded and installed more than 120,000 times.a�?
The apps accused on containing cryptojacking code are LHDS Vendors a�� which is published by Taste of Life Group, Mobeleader from Abser Technologies S.L., Palkar by Palpostr.com, Dizi FragmanlarA� A�zle from Oguzhan Kivrak, Helper for Knight Game from Evgeny Solovyov, Game Viet 2048 from Thanhtu Media, Trance Droid by Happy Appys, A Paintbox For Kids by Uwe Post, Afterlife: RPG Clicker CCG by Levius LLC, Dominoes Games from Fun Board Games, Info Guru Pendidikan by Cakrawala Pengetahuan, Lighton by Buyguard, Tapbugs and Dreamspell a�� both published by Riccotz, and 11 apps published by Gadgetium a�� all of which comprised a�?preparation apps for standardized tests given in the [United States].a�?
22 of the 25 apps identified by Sophoslabs were found to contain an implementation of Coinhivea��s code.
Lighton and Mobeleader were found to hosting mining scripts on their own servers a�� a�?presumably to thwart firewalls or parental controls/reputation services that might block Coinhivea��s domain by default.a�?
A Paintbox for Kids was found to be running Xmrig a�� a�?an open source CPU miner that can mine several cryptocurrencies in addition to XMR.a�?
The discovery of the apps comes in spite of the Google Play Storea��s JulyA�banA�on a�?apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices.a�?
The ban followed several other undertaking perceived to comprise a crackdown on crypto across Googlea��s platforms a�� including the prohibiting of cryptocurrency mining extensions from the Chrome Web Store inA�April, and the banning of advertising content relating to a�?cryptocurrencies and related contenta�? from Googlea��s platforms inA�March.
This week, Google showed the first signs of softening its stance on cryptocurrency since launching its crackdown, announcing that a�?The Google ads policy on financial products and services will be updated in October 2018 to allow regulated cryptocurrency exchanges to advertise in the United States and Japan.a�?